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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Visions of Baseball and Blogging

In my attempt to dive back into the blogging world, I’m constructing a new vision for this blog. I hope to gear the posts toward my love of history, particularly New England history. 

With the 2013 World Series ending at Fenway Park, I thought it might be fun to begin close to home, at this historic landmark. 

So have a look at a little Fenway history! 

~Fenway Park's name came from its location in the Fenway Neighborhood of Boston. The Neighborhood was once marshland or "fens" and was filled in during the late nineteenth century.

~Fenway’s first baseball game was played on April 20, 1912. The Red Sox versus the New York Highlanders. In case you don’t realize how long ago that was, let me remind you. In 1912, William Taft was President. The Titanic sunk, automobiles were a luxury rather than a necessity, and women still wore corsets. 

~Fenway’s scoreboard is still updated by hand, giving viewers that nostalgic feeling of an old-time baseball game. 

 Center of Pittsfield, MA, mid-1800's
~The earliest known reference of baseball in America was in 1791 in Pittsfield, MA. The reference was a by-law banning the playing of the game within eighty yards of the new meeting house. 

~Early forms of baseball had many names. A few were “Round Ball,” “Stool Ball,” and “Fletch-Catch,” or simply “Base.” 

~Before he was sold to the Yankees in 1920, Babe Ruth helped the Red Sox win three World Series (1915, 1916, 1918). 

So what will the World Series of 2013 bring? I guess we’ll all have to turn to good ol’ Fenway to find out. 

photos: wikipedia

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